The Small Businesses We Fell in Love With This Year

One of the first things I do when planning my travels is scope out the best vintage markets and design fairs. Needless to say, it’s something I’ve missed tremendously in the last couple of years as things turned inward: that sense of not knowing what y…

One of the first things I do when planning my travels is scope out the best vintage markets and design fairs. Needless to say, it’s something I’ve missed tremendously in the last couple of years as things turned inward: that sense of not knowing what you’re going to find; conversations with sellers (and depending on the market, the haggling); coming home with a haul of new treasure—and yes, even brushing up against hundreds of other treasure hunters.

Online shopping never really plugged that hole for me. So, imagine my thrill when my inbox threw up an invitation late this summer to celebrate—in person—the return of Field + Supply, a large independent makers fair in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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7 Ceramicists You’re About To See Everywhere

As professional homebodies and amateur makers, we don’t think there are many hard-and-fast design and decor rules to follow. Well, except one—you can never have too many mugs. Whether their appeal lies in a fun memory with your favorite person or a bea…

As professional homebodies and amateur makers, we don't think there are many hard-and-fast design and decor rules to follow. Well, except one—you can never have too many mugs. Whether their appeal lies in a fun memory with your favorite person or a beautiful design, there’s something to be said for a cabinet full of well-loved pieces. That’s why, for the fourth year in a row, we’ve asked 52 pottery studios around the country to create a limited-edition batch of handmade mugs.

Seven are new to the crew this year, others have been part of Mugs52 for a while. We’ve even got a handmade Dansk mug from the legendary Niels Refsgaard (responsible for the iconic Vandivid line, among many other others, of course.) But one thing that stays constant is that the mugs represent each studio's ethos, and the collection features pieces with all different types of techniques, forms, glazes, and colors with the same end goal—heirloom-worthy pieces from small businesses and creatives who make the world—and our morning routines—a little bit more beautiful.

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Food52’s First (& Hopefully Only) Quarantine Awards

The year 2020 sucked for so many reasons. But one area it shone was in the creativity and kindness of the food and small business community. We saw laid-off chefs launch their own pop-ups in restaurants that couldn’t stay open for service; other restau…

The year 2020 sucked for so many reasons. But one area it shone was in the creativity and kindness of the food and small business community. We saw laid-off chefs launch their own pop-ups in restaurants that couldn’t stay open for service; other restaurants cleared out the dining rooms and opened up onto the street to create a market of local home and kitchen goods, some selling meal kits so regulars could make their favorite dishes at home. Chefs donated hundreds of lunches and dinners to health-care workers and opened their doors to share family meal with unemployed service workers. Small businesses selling condiments and spices faced supply-chain delays and limited product launch opportunities, yet found ways to keep their customers engaged; a museum where guests used to eat together created virtual spaces to share a meal and a conversation.

It’s with all this brilliant work in mind that we wanted to share these stories with the Food52 community, superlatives-style. Allow us to present: the first (and hopefully, only) Quarantine Awards.

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10 Makers Who Turn Our Houses Into Dream Homes

Food52 is 10 years old! To celebrate a decade of all things kitchen and home, we’re rolling out our top recipes, tips, and stories for another victory lap, along with some of our very favorite memories over the years. Go on, take ’em in!

When we fir…

Food52 is 10 years old! To celebrate a decade of all things kitchen and home, we're rolling out our top recipes, tips, and stories for another victory lap, along with some of our very favorite memories over the years. Go on, take 'em in!


When we first started our Shop back in 2013 (as Amanda and Merrill write here) we thought we had it figured out. We’d fill it up with beautiful and practical things made by interesting, passionate people who shared the same values as us. We’d present the right mix of products on the site and see how they were received—and if they did well, we’d keep them.

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These Rustic Wreaths Bring the Lush Beauty of Monterey to Your Home

Monterey County, California is known for its picturesque rugged coastlines, but if you travel inland from Big Sur, over the mountains and into the valley, you might come across a farm sporting acres upon acres of fresh herbs, flowers, regional greenery…

Monterey County, California is known for its picturesque rugged coastlines, but if you travel inland from Big Sur, over the mountains and into the valley, you might come across a farm sporting acres upon acres of fresh herbs, flowers, regional greenery, and other beautiful plants. (Its wonderful scents might even lead you to it!) Through the year, these plants are grown, harvested, and dried, all leading up to when they’re transformed into unique wreaths that are shipped around the country to adorn the homes of thousands of customers.

This is Creekside Farms. The family-owned business was started in 1988 by two parents, and today, more than 30 years later, the company is going strong with 30 employees, 20 acres of farmland, and dozens of designs for every season.

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The Iconic French Knives I’d Climb the Alps For

I’m in a lamplit tavern in Chambéry, France—it’s actually called the Café de Lyon, but my brain is in a time zone six hours behind, so let’s say it’s that tavern from Beauty and the Beast. The one where Gaston sings about decorating with antlers. Excep…

I’m in a lamplit tavern in Chambéry, France—it’s actually called the Café de Lyon, but my brain is in a time zone six hours behind, so let’s say it’s that tavern from Beauty and the Beast. The one where Gaston sings about decorating with antlers. Except we’re drinking very fancy red wine and I’m scraping marrow from a halved bone with a steak knife, spreading it deliriously across a piece of bread that yields in just-baked sublimity.

Our guides, Alex and Francoise, are teaching us how to do the French sign for ‘you’ve had one bottle of Bordeaux too many,' twisting a fisted hand in front of their noses, and laughing at our attempts.

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